Thursday, May 27, 2010

Partagas Palmas Grandes early 80s


I'm not sure about the exact year, some sources say they'd been discontinued in the 70s, others say in the 80s. What I can say for sure is that it seems to be pre '85 (no Cubatobacco stamp).




The cigar itself is colorado colored and seems to be hard rolled, the wrapper is matt, no oil. The smell reminds me of a visit in the zoo and standing in front of the lion cage.... it's something like the smell of a wild animal, very decent, but that's what came to my mind...

I roasted it over the soft flame of my Dupont and when I had the glowing ring I clipped of the head and took the first puff...

Wood - not hard and straight but very creamy and soft, covering the whole palate. Joined by a very intensive herbal aroma. No slow starter... it enters the stage and it's directly in the spotlight. The first third is a very nice interaction between those two dominating flavors... sometimes there are some other impressions... moss and mushrooms....

The second third still has the herbal (vintage) flavor in the background, the basis on which all other flavor build on.... it's gettin rougher... leather, some peaty notes, strong tobacco and milled black pepper.... a complex mixture of flavors.... Wow!

During the last third the herbs become more intensive again... tar and char coal, also hints of dry oak wood and sawdust.... all very well balanced and still creamy on the palate. The cigar gets strong... I'd say it can still rest for a few years period... but I guess I cannot resist to smoke it before....

The draw was perfect, even if I'd some doubts in the beginning, over the smoking time of 90 minutes.

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